Counseling

Christ-Centered Professional Counseling

At some point, we all need help.  Whether struggling with depression, grieving a loved one, or experiencing a conflicted marriage, life’s challenges come in many forms, and we aren’t meant to do it alone.

The prophet Isaiah says the Spirit of God comes to bind up the brokenhearted, declare freedom for the captives, comfort all who mourn, and to restore devastated places (Isaiah 61).  Christ-centered professional counseling is one of the tools God can use to help accomplish those goals.

What to Expect from Counseling

During your first session, you will share background information about the issue for which you’re seeking counseling.  Usually, the issue at hand took years to develop, and an understanding of your unique situation helps create a plan to work toward healing and restoration.   From that point, you will receive spiritual and practical tools to help move toward your goal.   Though some clients only need a few sessions to achieve their goals, others require many more.

Scheduling

Sessions are 45-50 minutes long.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call Nathan at (806) 792-3363 x2145.  Since professional counseling requires a therapist to have extensive training and ongoing costs, it is offered as a fee-based ministry. Trinity Church does not accept insurance.

About Nathan

Nathan received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009.  Nathan’s specializes in marriage and pre-marital counseling.  No one gets married to be miserable.  Breakdowns in communication can lead to both spouses feeling misunderstood and unappreciated.  Nathan works with couples to help improve communication and to provide the skills that can restore the foundation of the marriage.   He has also completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses the Gottman Method with couples.  More information on the Gottman Method can be found here.

In addition, Nathan also offers pre-marital counseling and is certified administer premarital assessments through the PREPARE/ENRICH program which provides couples with a personalized approach to prepare for married life.

Nathan also works with parenting issues, anxiety disorders, depression, sexual addiction, and grief/loss.


Why is insurance not accepted?

While many insurance plans provide access to mental health, with that access comes a host of potential problems for clients:

  • Medical Necessity – For counseling to qualify for insurance coverage, the services must be considered a “medical necessity” or address a mental disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  Counseling intended to cope with life stress, family stress, or life-improvement does not constitute “medical necessity” by many insurance companies.
  • Mental Health Diagnosis – To receive payment from your insurance company, a counselor must assign a mental health diagnosis that meets criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  Sharing that mental health diagnosis complicates confidentiality.
  • Confidentiality and Privacy – To bill insurance, your therapist must submit your diagnosis to your insurance company.  Once submitted, there is no way to ensure your privacy.  Your medical information can be submitted by your insurance company to a national medical information database intended to help prevent insurance fraud.
  • Impact of a Mental Health Diagnosis – Some jobs require healthcare related checks before hiring an employee (e.g., government or military jobs, jobs requiring security clearances, aviation).  If you receive a diagnosis, you must answer “yes” if ever asked about prior treatment for a psychiatric problem.  In some instances, a mental health diagnosis can increase rates of coverage for health, life, or disability insurance.

To help avoid these problems altogether, insurance is not accepted for counseling at Trinity Church.